As much as I love the video series in this course, I must admit to one issue that another teacher brought to my attention some years ago. The grammar is at a lower level than one would expect. This is especially true in this story about Tony Park and his struggles to keep his sandwich shop. The story was placed as the last story, but considering the grammar, I sometimes think it should have been the first story. WH-Questions and prepositions are fairly low-level grammar points. So I am motivated to provide some links that will provide more practice for your students in the grammar points of the stories.
I thought it would be easier if I put my grammar suggestions for all 4 units of a video story in a single post. It makes the post long, but let’s see if this works for you. At least you’ll have all the grammar in one place so you can always go back and have students review anything they may have missed in previous episodes of the story.
17: Accessing Learning Opportunities – WH-Questions
The first activity is based on the 3 Bears story, so you may want to be sure your students are familiar with the story before sending them to this link. Make sure they understand that the sentence is the answer to the question and they must chose the WH-Question word that would lead to that answer. The second activity is a straight-forward MC activity and the third asks students to type the question.
For more practice on a variety of question forms go to the Road to Grammar site and scroll down the Quiz list to find: #261 Question Forms 2 and #262 Question Forms 3
18: Involvement in Children’s Education – Prepositions
Here’s a quick little “type-in-the-answer” activity with 22 questions:
For a thorough review of prepositions and lots of exercises, send your students to the English Grammar online website. There’s a very extensive table of prepositions and many MC exercises that get progressively more difficult at the bottom of the page.
Another good site from Germany offers type in the answer activities:
If you have students who really need a challenge beyond prepositions of time and place, move them into Phrasal Verb exercises. They’ll have to type in the correct verb and preposition in the next link.
19: Transferring Professional Degrees – Past Tense Questions
Find a very easy 10-question MC activity: #214 Past Tense Question Form on the Road to Grammar site.
English Grammar Online has a detailed explanation of the past tense and there are lots of excellent exercises to choose from. For past tense question formation, send students to these exercises: Questions in Simple Past or Questions with Interrogatives in Simple Past or Pool of Exercises where they will choose Simple Past questions.
And again, Englisch-hilfen.de has good activities where students will have to type in the answer.
20: Learning to Learn – Past Tense Verbs
The English Grammar Online link above is a great site for past tense practice. You can also click on the “Tests” tab on the left side of the page and the site offers 3 levels of tests on the Simple Past tense.
But for listening and speaking practice of the Past Tense, my favorite site is Real-English. Students see and hear real people speaking as they answer the question of what they did yesterday. The verbs are all pretty basic, but there are 19 pages of activities!